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Was Chris Stapleton Snubbed For Best New Artist?

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    Hey guys, forgive me if this has already been discussed, but is there an eligibility reason why Chris Stapleton was not nominated for Best New Artist? Or was it a genuine snub? It seems inconceivable after the critical acclaim, success at the CMA and even a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year that he wouldn’t be the frontrunner for Best New Artist (much less not even nominated). Can anyone shed some light?

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    He was nominated as a member of The Steeldrivers, thus making him ineligible as a soloist. This was the case for Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and a few other artists that broke through after leaving their respective groups. This rule was put into place shortly after Lauryn Hill won Best New Artist, despite being a Grammy nominee/winner previously with The Fugees.

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    So does this mean Zayn Malik will be ineligible for BNA even though 1D were never nominated?

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    1D was never nominated for a Grammy, so it’s possible that Zayn Malik would be eligible to contend. Sisqo was eligible to compete for BNA after leaving Dru Hill, which was never nominated for a Grammy.

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    No. 

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    I don’t think Zayn will be eligible like Ariana Grande. He’s not new and this isn’t a breakthrough year for him. People have know about him for years.

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    He was nominated as a member of The Steeldrivers, thus making him ineligible as a soloist. This was the case for Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and a few other artists that broke through after leaving their respective groups. This rule was put into place shortly after Lauryn Hill won Best New Artist, despite being a Grammy nominee/winner previously with The Fugees.

    Thanks so much PoweR. This was a very thorough response and I really appreciate it. Smile So let me see if I have this clear: post 1999/Lauryn Hill, a solo artist cannot be nominated for Best New Artist for their debut album if they were already previously a member of a group that was nominated for a Grammy?

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    [quote=”MusicLuva1″]

    He was nominated as a member of The Steeldrivers, thus making him ineligible as a soloist. This was the case for Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and a few other artists that broke through after leaving their respective groups. This rule was put into place shortly after Lauryn Hill won Best New Artist, despite being a Grammy nominee/winner previously with The Fugees.

    Thanks so much PoweR. This was a very thorough response and I really appreciate it. Smile So let me see if I have this clear: post 1999/Lauryn Hill, a solo artist cannot be nominated for Best New Artist for their debut album if they were already previously a member of a group that was nominated for a Grammy?
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    You got it! 

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